Nick Newell is no longer the XFC lightweight champion despite not suffering a loss.
Newell, who was born without the lower portion of his left arm from his elbow down, was stripped of the title by the promotion for declining a planned future fight.
Newell (9-0) was expected to defend his belt vs. Scott Holtzman (4-0) next month at XFC 24. Holtzman will still compete for the title against an opponent yet-to-be-named.
“When negotiating with (Newell’s) management regarding this fight, they were telling me about being offered a lot of money to fight for another promotion,” Prisco stated on XFC’s official website. “We responded that if it’s about money, bring us the best offer and we’ll agree to match that offer. They did, we matched it, and we were again refused by Nick saying he only wants to fight ex-UFC fighters. “So I had to make one of the hardest phone calls that I’ve ever had to make as a promoter. I had to call Scott Holtzman and tell him that the current champion is unwilling to fight him for his earned title shot.”
It will be interesting to see where Newell goes from here, as the XFC was one of the few promotions to give him a shot.